Upshur woman arrested in stabbing incident


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon woman remains in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail after allegedly slashing her husband with a knife during an argument on St. Patrick’s Day.

Amanda Starr Benson, 38, was arrested for unlawful assault, a felony and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, by Trooper J.S. Tonkin with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police.

Just after 5 p.m. on Sunday, Tonkin, Cpl. B.K. Wright and Senior Trooper P.J. Robinette arrived on scene of a domestic incident at 163 Smith Ave. and made contact with Benson who advised she and her husband had been in a verbal and physical argument inside their residence. The victim stated the verbal argument over Benson leaving to see another man escalated when Benson began to throw items throughout the house.

The victim said he went to the bedroom but Benson kicked in the door and the victim let Benson in but then retreated to the bathroom to get away from her. However, Benson then kicked that door in.

Benson had picked up a black kitchen knife and allegedly slashed at the victim.

Tonkin stated in the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office that he observed four minor lacerations on the victim – on the right bicep, right lower abdomen, left rib cage and what appeared to be finger nail scratches on the right side of the neck. After speaking with Benson, Tonkin located the knife partially hidden under a hand towel in the bathroom.

After being placed in custody outside the residence, Benson then allegedly began to yell and curse. Despite Tonkin advising Benson to stop, Benson continued yelling and cursing multiple times loud enough for the neighbors to be disturbed.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $75,500, but Benson has requested a bond reduction hearing. If convicted of unlawful assault, Benson faces confinement in the penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than five years or confinement in jail for up to a year and up to a $500 fine. Disorderly conduct carries a possible sentence of confinement in jail for not more than 24 hours or a fine not more than $100.

In a separate case, Keythan Heater, 26, of Buckhannon, was arrested for fraudulent schemes, a felony. Heater has a business bank account under Kelias Fintech Solutions at First Community Bank and deposited seven checks on separate occasions into his bank account that were fraudulent, according to the criminal complaint.

When First Community Bank sent the checks off, there was no record of the account that could be found. Heater is allegedly seen on security video each time he deposited the check.

First Community Bank lost $2,121.69 to heater between the seven checks and return fees.

Coffman set bond at $10,000 — $5,000 personal recognizance and $5,000 surety.

If convicted, Heater faces confinement of one to 10 years in the penitentiary, or in the discretion of the court, be confined in jail for up to one year and fined not more than $2,500.